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You would be forgiven for assuming it's ok to continue ignoring Karate, a three-piece band from Boston with a very apparent love for improvisation and jazz, because, holy shit, that is a rough combination. But, god, you're really missing out. The band was led by singer-guitarist Geoff Farina, a wonderful singer, a brilliant lyricist and an even better guitarist. His tone is immediately identifiable—:shimmeringly clean one moment, and then warmly, naturally over-driven the next. They're a treat for gear nerds and regular nerds alike.
Having been on hiatus for the better part of this decade, Fugazi has been sorely missed. Because in addition to setting the standard on all matters of punk rock ethics—:in which, let's be honest, we could use a refresher course—:they also happened to have made some of the best records of any decade: hard-hitting without relying on cliches, and extremely complex without ever giving into math/prog-rock temptations. They also put on a hell of a show. Also, there's the $5 thing, which, if you've seen Spoon or pretty much anyone else lately, you know is not so common anymore.�‚